Center for Responsible Leadership –

Unlocking the potential of good leadership.

About us

Advancing professionals in the theory and practice of responsible leadership.

Leaders must understand their own values (what is important to them) and their role in other people’s lives (what is important to others), in order to lead with integrity and authenticity. The reflection of one’s own leadership purpose and values are the key for any leader to motivate and inspire others, and to actively shape social responsibility – within and outside their organizations.

For this reason, the Center for Responsible Leadership combines topics of leadership, business ethics, and social responsibility: We innovate, design and deliver leadership and personal growth learning journeys to WHU’s in-class and online MBA Programs and also cater towards professionals in a leadership role in many of our Executive Education programs.

Our Team

Dr. Rebecca Winkelmann

Managing Director of the Center
Managing Director Executive Education
+49 211 44709 170

Professor Dr. Jürgen Weigand

Academic Director of the Center
Holder of the Chair of Industrial Organization
+49 (0)261 6509 270

Professor Dr. Miriam Müthel

Holder of the Chair of Organizational Behavior
+49 (0)211 44709 310

Daniel Weninger, M.A., MBA

Head of Coaching
+49 (0)261 6509 873

Partner und Netzwerk

The Center for Responsible Leadership collaborates with organizations and individuals – most of them for many years - who contribute to the design and delivery of our offerings.

Program Facilitators

Karsten Drath

Managing Director,
Leadership Choices & Executive Coach
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Matthias Hartmann

CEO / Chairman of the Management Board at Techem GmbH

James Healy

Associate at Olivier Mythodrama™

Prof. Dr.
Martin Högl

Professor of Leadership & Human Resource Management, LMU Munich
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Severin Hoensbroech

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Prof. Dr.
John Kerrick

Professor of Business Execution,
Hult International Business School & Professional Coach
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Dr. Carsten Rübsaamen

Co-Founder at BOOKBRIDGE


Rebecca Steinhage

Senior Vice President Human Resources at Miele & Cie. KG

Dr. Ulrike Strasser

Partner at Leadership Choices



About Bookbridge
BOOKBRIDGEs mission is to empower people to do what they really are. The team makes people think and act as entrepreneurs, lead themselves and lead others. Together with its partners, BOOKBRIDGE shapes the next generation of leaders. BOOKBRIDGE builds business and leadership skills through experiential learning. In the Capability Programs, candidates from the Global North join hands with talents from the Global South to learn state-of-the-art business skills and develop as responsible leaders while creating community based learning centers as tangible social enterprises. BOOKBRIDGE is a fully financially self-sustained social enterprise. The BOOKBRIDGE team is proud to offer the only leadership development program in the world in which you create a worthwhile tangible business as a real entrepreneur. More information:

About Leadership Choices
Leadership Choices is an international professional services firm focusing on leadership and organizational development. It is headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany, with clients all over the world. Founded in 2008, Leadership Choices is a by-word for strong business and leadership expertise among its associates combined with a high level of psychological and methodical competence.
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Initiatives and Projects


The SELF Lab is a course delivered in WHU’s Online MBA program. It contains a learning journey all about the personal and career development specifically tailored towards our online MBA students. It includes a status quo reflection (START), a rich set of self-paced learning interventions (EXPLORE), a translation towards the implementation of personal growth topics (LEAD) and a feed-forward learning intervention (FORWARD).

Some of the contributions to our post-experience programs include topics such as:

•    Delivering personality assessments & debriefings
•    Offering workshops on team development & intercultural communication
•    Setting up field trips to emerging markets

General Management Plus Program

For almost a decade, WHU Executive Education collaborated with BOOKBRIDGE to design and deliver the General Management Plus Program. This credit-granting Executive Education Program equips high potentials with knowledge and skills in leadership and strategy. At the same time, our participants immerse into a highly experiential learning journey as a social entrepreneur in an emerging market. During this learning journey, leadership purpose, value, intercultural communication, and virtual collaboration in dispersed teams are key topics to navigate.

The Center of Responsible Leadership contributes to further Executive Education Programs:

•    Leadership Essentials Program 
•    The Essence of Coaching for Senior Leaders Program
•    Advanced Management Program for Senior Professionals 
•    CIO Leadership Excellence Program 
•    Strategic Decision Making Program 

Open University – powered by WHU & Leadership Choices

Together with Leadership Choices, WHU hosts a conference series “Open University”. This online conference is targeted at senior leaders and by-invitation only. The last conference theme evolved around “The value of culture – between asset and liability”. Please find more information here.


Das SELF Lab ist ein Kurs, der im Rahmen des Online-MBA-Programms der WHU angeboten wird. Das SELF Lab ist eine Lernreise rund um die persönliche und berufliche Entwicklung, die speziell auf unsere Online-MBA-Studierenden zugeschnitten ist. Es beinhaltet eine Status-quo-Reflexion (START), ein reichhaltiges Set an selbstgesteuerten Lerninterventionen (EXPLORE), die Umsetzung von persönlichen Wachstumsthemen (LEAD) und eine Feed-forward-Komponente (FORWARD).

Weitere Beiträge des Center for Responsible Leadership zu den WHU MBA Programmen beinhalten Themen wie:

•    Durchführung von Persönlichkeits-Assessments & Debriefings
•    Anbieten von Workshops zu Teamentwicklung & interkultureller Kommunikation
•    Organisation von Exkursionen in Schwellenländer

General Management Plus Program

Seit fast einem Jahrzehnt kooperiert die WHU Executive Education mit BOOKBRIDGE, um das General Management Plus Programm zu entwickeln und durchzuführen. Dieses Executive Education Programm vermittelt High Potentials Wissen und Fähigkeiten in den Bereichen Führung und Strategie. Gleichzeitig tauchen unsere Teilnehmenden in eine Lernerfahrung als Sozialunternehmer in einem Schwellenmarkt ein. Während des Programms reflektieren die Teilnehmenden ihren Führungszweck, ihre Führungswerte, und erleben interkulturelle Kommunikation sowie virtuelle Zusammenarbeit in verteilten Teams hautnah mit.

Das Center of Responsible Leadership trägt zu weiteren Executive Education-Programmen bei:

•    Leadership Essentials Program 
•    The Essence of Coaching for Senior Leaders Program
•    Advanced Management Program for Senior Professionals 
•    CIO Leadership Excellence Program
•    Strategic Decision Making Program

Open University – powered by WHU & Leadership Choices

Die WHU veranstaltet gemeinsam mit Leadership Choices eine wiederkehrende Konferenz, die “Open University”. Dieses virtuelle Konferenz- und Networkingformat richtet sich ausschließlich an sehr erfahrene Führungskräfte. Das letzte Konferenzthema war: “The value of culture – between assent and liability”. Mehr Informationen zur “Open University” finden Sie hier.


Need more information?
We look forward to hearing from you.

Dr. Rebecca Winkelmann
Managing Director Center for Responsible Leadership & Managing Director Executive Education

+49 211 44709 170
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